Except here they cross the border and things get a hell of a lot raunchier. WE’RE THE MILLERS is a hilarious road comedy that works. Its premise maybe far flung but its execution makes for an hour and 50 minutes of (often) laugh out loud sequences and happenings.
But be forewarned; some of the material said and shown would make the Griswold’s blush!
What we’ve got here is nice and easygoing, small time drug dealer – Kansas City refugee Jason Sudeikis – living the laid back neighborhood life.
That is until he’s robbed of his stash (and especially cash) which now leaves him with a major debt to his supplier. He’s Sudeikis old college classmate Ed Helms who’s become an eccentric, multi, MULTI millionaire and he’s not taking Sudeikis’ non-payment lightly.
Ah, but Helms puts a proposal on the table to even things out.
Round up a fake family and drive an RV into Mexico to pick up a “smidge” of weed. To make Sudeikis a faux-family transporter of sorts.
But who to recruit as family members? Well, there’s the goofy teenage neighbor kid played to the hilt by Will Poulter. And street runaway chick Emma Roberts could (and does) pass for the daughter.
Another neighbor, jilted stripper Jennifer Aniston as Rose, who career wise is near the end of her G-string and plays it as crude, rude and sexy as one could ask for.
Together WE’RE THE MILLERS is the perfect middle class American family seemingly off to a Mexican vacation.
However the trip BACK is something else.
An RV chock full of bricks of weed with bad guys chasing them. Then there’s the swinging couple they encounter en route and the U.S. border entry crossing from hell.
Anything that can go wrong—does.
And then there’s the scene when a spider bites the son’s ………………
No, I’m not giving THAT one away here. Suffice it to say our (screening) auditorium was filled with screaming laughter.
A few additional observations:
When Aniston has to prove her real profession to the bad guys and breaks into a mouth watering striptease, all I could think was: What was Brad Pitt thinking when he dumped her several years back? Oh yeah, Angelina Jolie.
Also keep a sharp eye on former O.P. good guy Jason Sudeikis’ wardrobe. Specifically his t-shirts which are both Oklahoma Joe’s and Bryan’t BBQ branded.
And finally when things wind down and you’re about to exit the auditorium, you’ll be treated to some great outtakes from this Mexican road trip.
WE’RE THE MILLERS grades a B-
It’s raunchy and crude—yet very funny proportions.
(Reviewed at AMC, Olathe)
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